Tired of the long wait between coats of oil-based paint? Japan Drier is a blend of ingredients that speeds the drying time of oil-based paint and varnish, even in damp or cool weather. 100% lead-free. Pint.
Can be used with oil-based paints, enamels, varnishes, and stains
Often used by artists for speeding up the the dry time of oil paintings
Long lasting - a very small amount goes a long way
This is a good thing - I added 12 capfuls to each gallon of oil-based enamel which I rolled onto a 40 degree garage/shop floor that was primed with a cheap alkyd primer. The product binds with free oxygen and helps the oil molecules polymerize (cross link) and form a solid surface sooner than just the oil cure alone. So it sort of "dries" faster but technically it's "curing" faster - and stronger. The stuff is named for a type of treatment "japanning" which is a curing of oil. I painted the garage floor on November 4th in the northeast mountain region after a 29 degree night. It's about about 500 sq/ft with two gallons of paint, and had to work it in hard with the roller so it was spread out pretty thin. Now if you go and lay the paint on thicker than you should -who hasn't done that- see the oxygen won't be available except on the surface - not deep into your thick mat of paint you globbed on there. In that case it might form a skin fast but you job won't be done. So lay it on thin and use the Japan (cobalt) Drier and you'll be pleased to get the job done right. Paint earlier in the year you say? Didn't have the time...